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Les Bleus unchanged for final encounter

Updated: Thursday, 20 Oct 2011 15:39

France are unchanged for the Rugby World Cup final
France are unchanged for the Rugby World Cup final

France coach Marc Lievremont has named an unchanged team for Sunday's Rugby World Cup final against New Zealand in Auckland.

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Lievremont retains the team that edged out Wales 9-8 in a controversial semi-final at Eden Park five days ago.

Wales had captain Sam Warburton sent off after just 18 minutes, but Les Bleus struggled to make their one-man advantage count and were indebted to fly-half Morgan Parra's goalkicking for their
victory.

Lievremont will confirm the composition of his replacements' bench later this week.

There are three survivors from the France starting XV that beat New Zealand in the RWC 2007: Vincent Clerc, Thierry Dusautoir and Julien Bonnaire.

Jean-Baptiste Poux and Imanol Harinordoquy were replacements in 2007.

It is the first time in 45 Test matches that France have named the same starting team for three games running.

France team to play New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup final, Sunday 23 October, Auckland, kick-off 9am:

15 M Medard 14 V Clerc 13 A Rougerie 12 M Mermoz 11 A Palisson 10 M Parra 9 D Yachvili 1 J-B Poux 2 W Servat 3 N Mas 4 P Pape 5 L Nallett 6 T Dusautoir (capt) 7 J Bonnaire 8 I Harinordoquy.

Replacements: to be confirmed.

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